Panasonic TS30

 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 front
 
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Expand to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-100mm (F3.9-5.7) lens
  • 142g - 104 x 58 x 20mm
  • Released January 2015
  • Also Known as Lumix DMC-FT30
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
95
Imaging
42
Features
31
Overall
37

Panasonic TS30 overview

Panasonic TS30 is Panasonic's Waterproof digital camera initially announced on January of 2015. It comes with a 16 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4608 x 3456. The camera is also known as "Lumix DMC-FT30" in certain countries.

The TS30 is scored #40 out of 74 in Waterproof cameras & all-around #812 out of 1422 for cameras in our collection. Remember to look at our Smart camera search to find camera rankings based on your customized criteria.

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The following is a graph of various criteria used in the scoring system.

Panasonic TS30 history

The Panasonic TS30 has a history of related cameras. Listed below, you can find all older and latest models as well as important specs.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS30 front thumbnailPanasonic TS3025-100mm
F3.9-5.7
16MP1/2.3"2015
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS6 front thumbnailPanasonic TS6
TS30 vs TS6
28-128mm
F3.3-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2015
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS5 front thumbnailPanasonic TS5
TS30 vs TS5
28-128mm
F3.3-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS25 front thumbnailPanasonic TS25
TS30 vs TS25
25-100mm
F3.9-5.7
16MP1/2.3"2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS20 front thumbnailPanasonic TS20
TS30 vs TS20
25-100mm
F3.9-5.7
16MP1/2.3"2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS4 front thumbnailPanasonic TS4
TS30 vs TS4
28-128mm
F3.3-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2012
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS3 front thumbnailPanasonic TS3
TS30 vs TS3
28-128mm
F3.3-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS2 front thumbnailPanasonic TS2
TS30 vs TS2
28-128mm
F3.3-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS10 front thumbnailPanasonic TS10
TS30 vs TS10
35-140mm
F3.5-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS1 front thumbnailPanasonic TS1
TS30 vs TS1
28-128mm
F3.3-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009

Panasonic TS30 Pros and Cons

Here is a list of benefits and drawbacks of the Panasonic TS30 based on things that are often viewed as crucial in a digital camera.

decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
good zoom range (25-100mm 4.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection autofocus
includes tracking autofocus
lighter than average in class (142g)
reasonably wide (25mm)
very good min ISO (100)
weather proof
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
does not have external microphone port
does not have HDMI port
does not have headphone port
external flash not possible
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
manual mode not available
max shutter speed is low (1/1,300 seconds)
no aperture priority mode
no manual focus
no moving screen
no phase detect autofocus
no RAW files
no shutter priority mode
pixelated screen (230 thousand dot)
screen is not selfie friendly
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
slow continuous shooting (1.3 frames/s)
sluggish at full zoom (f5.7)
small screen (2.7 inch)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
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Panasonic TS30 Sensor information

The measurement of the sensor in the Panasonic TS30 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter can lead to cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 16 megapixels and gives a standard ISO range of 100 - 1600. The ISO can be widened electronically to a maximum of 6400. Sadly, RAW format is not supported which means that you have less margin for error.

The picture below displays the TS30's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The TS30 sensor has a crop factor of 5.9 and is presented in green.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 sensor size Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month

To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic TS30 dimensions

Panasonic TS30 has a weight of 0.31 lb (142 grams / 5.01 ounces) & has exterior size of 104mm x 58mm x 20mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8"). The weight of normal Waterproof camera is 196 grams so the Panasonic TS30 is lighter as compared to other rivals.

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The following is a visual of the Panasonic TS30 next to a softdrink to help you get a feel for its size.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will provide the button arrangement on the TS30.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 topview buttons dials

Panasonic TS30 Lens information

The TS30 includes a fixed lens offering a focal range of 25-100mm giving it a 4.0 x zoom which isn't amazing but it will definitely be handy in certain circumstances.

At it's widest 25mm, the lens features an aperture of f3.9 and that's rather sluggish and not very good for low light events and you might find it hard to get good bokeh. You will probably also have to increase your ISO setting which results in noisy images. At the long end, 100mm comes with f5.7 making it really sluggish and you might have to choose slower shutter speeds.

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Panasonic TS30 Connectivity

The TS30 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that contain NFC and / or Bluetooth support are able to be used wirelessly through smartphones. You can copy files and in some cases alter camera settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.

Certain apps also provide a Liveview and click the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera features a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external display. Virtually all cameras will allow you to charge the battery with the USB port.

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Panasonic TS30 Video information

The maximum video resolution in the Panasonic TS30 is 1280 x 720 and you can record in MPEG-4 file format. 720p is low for today's standards. You really should try to get a minimum FUll HD resolution for video. The body doesn't feature a microphone and / or headphone jack which means you have absolutely no control over the sound. It is probably a better idea to purchase a different camera should you need good sound for your videos.

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Panasonic TS30 Weather Sealing

Panasonic TS30 comes with weather sealing making it a fantastic option for use in challenging conditions. This is particularly beneficial whenever you are unsure about the elements you may encounter in outdoor photography.

Panasonic TS30 Screen and Viewfinder

The Panasonic TS30 comes with a 2.7 inch fixed display screen having a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Please note that the display has no touch support.

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The View Finder specs for Panasonic TS30 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be pretty helpful in bright outdoor situations which may make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to see.

Panasonic TS30 Shutter information

Panasonic TS30 continuous shooting speed is 1.3 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/1300s.

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Panasonic TS30 Flash and Hot shoe information

Panasonic TS30 features just in-built flash without external flash ability.

Panasonic TS30 Autofocusing information

Panasonic TS30 features only Contrast Based Auto Focus & lacks Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more quicker & exact as compared to Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera comes with Face detection which makes it valuable for portrait photography.

The Sensor comes with 23 focus points to pick from. It also features Tracking Auto Focus for moving things. Panasonic TS30 has no manual focusing. Manual focusing option is good in low light conditions or you need more precise control on focus.

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Panasonic TS30 Battery life

The battery in the Panasonic TS30 is designed to last for 250 clicks with respect to the CIPA requirements making it on par with it's rivals. The general Waterproof camera battery life is 274. Olympus TG-4 offers the highest possible (380) battery life in this class of cameras.

Listed below is a list of Waterproof cameras which have the highest battery life:

Panasonic TS30 for various kinds of photography

The following chart provides a summation of the Panasonic TS30 for various kinds of photography. To understand more, go to the specific paragraph below.

Portrait photography with Panasonic TS30

The Panasonic TS30 has a rating of 36 which is terrible, and means the camera is just not very good to use for portraits. Taking portraits leans greatly towards sensor size, support for RAW photos plus the capability to use external lighting.

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good megapixels (16MP)
provides face detect focusing
focusing manually not possible
no manual exposure
can't use external flash
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files

Street photography with Panasonic TS30

Getting a very good points tally of 67, the Panasonic TS30 is a respectable option to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera provides a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
environment proofing
lighter than competitors (142 grams)
fixed screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format

Panasonic TS30 Sports photography features

A terrible sports photography points total of 43 indicates the Panasonic TS30 is just not very good for shooting sports. A camera needs to have excellent autofocus and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
comes with tracking focus
weather sealing
max shutter speed is low (1/1,300 seconds)
slow frames per second (1.3 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus

Panasonic TS30 Travel photography info

Size is extremely critical when buying a camera for travel. All round, the Panasonic TS30 gets a above average 74 as a travelling camera which is a very decent option to take on your holidays.

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lighter than competition (142g)
weather proof
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
quite wide (25mm)
does not have selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.9)

Panasonic TS30 Landscape photography info

For anybody planning to buy a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most important factor will no doubt be image quality. The Panasonic TS30 and it's terrible grade of 44 for a landscape camera is just not very good compared to its rivals.

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really wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
weather proofing
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.9)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
no manual control
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format

Panasonic TS30 Vlogging details

A camera for vlogging preferably should have a articulating screen, microphone port and if possible image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Panasonic TS30 is just not very good for vlogging as it receives a terrible score of 33.

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fairly wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focusing
lighter than others in class (142 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
does not contain selfie friendly display
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have mic port

Panasonic TS30 Alternatives

If you are searching for alternatives to the TS30, here is a range of the top rated cameras which fall into the family of Waterproof.

The line chart just below offers you a bird's eye view of the TS30 versus it's top ranked rivals listed previously.

There are a bunch of cameras you might see as alternative options. To browse through a detailed comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Manufacturer
Panasonic
Model type
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30
Also referred to as
Lumix DMC-FT30
Class
Waterproof
Released
2015-01-06
Body design
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area
27.7mm²
Sensor resolution
16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW images
Max native ISO
1600
Max boosted ISO
6400
Minimum native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points
23
Lens
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
25-100mm (4.0x)
Max aperture
f/3.9-5.7
Macro focusing range
5cm
Crop factor
5.9
Screen
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen size
2.7 inch
Screen resolution
230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Slowest shutter speed
8 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/1300 secs
Continuous shooting speed
1.3 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
4.40 m
Flash options
Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, on, slow sync w/redeye reduction, off
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
1280x720
Video file format
MPEG-4
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
142 gr (0.31 pounds)
Physical dimensions
104 x 58 x 20mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8")
Other
Battery life
250 photographs
Battery form
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots
Single
Cost at launch
$180